Portland Business Incubators and Accelerators, Part 4 of 5: Craft, Culinary and Design
By Jacen Greene, Ames Fellow for Social Entrepreneurship at Portland State University
In part four of our week-long series on Portland-area business incubators and accelerators, we cover programs for culinary, craft and design ventures. To see a complete list of our posts and the programs covered in each, please read the first post in the series.
ADX: a membership-based design and prototyping facility as well as an innovation incubator, with workspaces, industrial tools, classes, events, branding and marketing services.
“We are not just doing one thing—membership only, fabrication services only, classes only, coworking only—we are bringing it all together, and that makes ADX a hub for design and innovation in Portland.” — Kelley Roy, Director.
Getting Your Recipe to Market: “Developed by CLIMB‘s Small Business Development Center, the Food Innovation Center at Oregon State University, and New Seasons Market, Getting Your Recipe to Market is a comprehensive program that takes food entrepreneurs from concept to commercial ready.
This 13-week program provides a solid foundation in business development, organizational development, product development, food safety, packaging, production and distribution. The end result is a commercial-ready food product and the opportunity for food entrepreneurs to make a sales presentation to New Seasons Market buyers.” — From the website.
KitchenCru: a shared-use community kitchen and culinary incubator that supports culinary entrepreneurs in developing, operating, and growing a successful business. “We aim to break down primary barriers to success by providing access to a fully equipped licensed commercial kitchen and private event space, as well as support services and business development guidance for our clients.” — From the website.
Trillium Artisans: “Trillium’s primary goal is to help low-income artisans increase their craft business income and build sustainable microenterprises. All products reflect a commitment to sustainability: they are created with at least 50% recycled or reclaimed materials, and are priced to pay the artisan a living wage. Today, Trillium has a growing group of artisans, wholesale accounts across the country, and a retail store and offices conveniently located in Downtown Portland. We are also an Etsy team, and we sell on World of Good by eBay.”
“Our current focus is to continue Trillium’s proven track record of providing small business counseling, access to markets, peer networking and technical assistance and training to low-income craftspeople. The project works to expand e-commerce marketing opportunities for the group as a whole, as well as to increase the technical skill sets of our member artisans.” — From the website.
Entry filed under: Oregon entrepreneurship news. Tags: ADX Portland, business incubator, CLIMB, Food Innovation Center, Getting Your Recipe to Market, incubation, KitchenCru, New Seasons, Trillium Aristans.